Man Awarded Half a Million for Being Insulted During Surgery

As if going in to have a colonoscopy isn’t bad enough, just imagine hearing the staff insulting you while they’re staring down at your most personal body parts. The horrific embarrassment is nearly too much to take, even just thinking about it. Well, for one Virginia man, he had to do more than think about it happening, he actually recorded it by mistake.

Anesthesiologist, Tiffany Ingham, was heard from ChicagoBooth calling the man names such as wuss and retard after he was put under. Threats were made to claim that he had hemorrhoids, even though he did not, and at one point, she even said that she wanted to punch the man in the face during pre-op. The doctors in the room did nothing to stop her and even worse, they joined in on the name calling, while talking about ways to possibly avoid having any post-op conversations with the man.

After hearing the recording, a jury awarded the man $500,000, significantly less than the $1.7 million he was asking for, but a good deal of money regardless. I believe that he probably should have been awarded more, considering that when you go in to have a procedure done, you are at the mercy of the doctors and staff. There needs to be a kind of trust between you and how can there be any sense of being safe when we hear of things like this happening? Remember what your mom used to tell you, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

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